“I have read my eyes out and can’t read half enough,” John Adams once lamented in a letter to Abigail. “The more one reads, the more one sees we have to read.”
The books keep coming in, and the more I read, the more I see that I need to read more. What was I doing before I discovered books?
John Adams was right.
“Man, we knew we should’ve left!”
My wife and I endured a bad dining experience about 2 weeks ago on our date day. We’d been enjoying sushi at the nearest sushi restaurant, 45 minutes away, and the moment came.
Continue reading “Taking Notes on Oneself”
Having unread on my bookshelf weighs me down.
I’m often read of people who look through their bookshelf affectionately, and in a couple of the self-help books I’ve read, people talk about how many books are on their shelf as if they were their best friends.
Continue reading “I Don’t Like Keeping Books”
As I thought about expanding my blog to include topics of politics and faith, I realized why I want to do it.
Blogging helps me to think things through logically.
When I figured out engineering problems, I would start by collecting all the data given in the problem, listing them, write out the equations / assumptions given, then go about solving the problem. I really like this method of problem-solving.
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I’m tired of copying art.
When I first started out learning art, I was insecure and unsure about what to do. All my art paled in comparison to what I wanted it to be.
Transitioning to a different career and skillset at the age of 27, also brought along a whole bunch of expectations of where I should be at my age. Plus it took a while to find out where I wanted to focus my efforts.
So I coped by copying. Not passing the art I created as my own, but using pretty much the exact same brush strokes or modeling procedures, to try to recreate what other artists who I looked up to, do.
This is actually a legitimate step in learning that the book, Mastery, helped reaffirm. A couple of the teachers from my completed Gumroad tutorials say you shouldn’t copy but I think sometimes they forget what it’s like to be completely new at something.
So after doing so many copying techniques through all my art training, I’m starting to realize that I like learning how other artists use their techniques, but I’m not interested in doing their art anymore.
I want to practice and try my own. I want to build my own worlds, or make fan art of worlds that I enjoy.
So from now on, rather than copying art, I’m going to start modifying it slightly or entirely.